What God is Building: the Church

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of Spiritual Leadership Today among other titles.] ____________________ The church has failed so often in so many ways, which was probably inevitable because it is built with the flawed material of humanity. We traded the righteousness of God for our tinny self-righteousness. We are satisfied with …

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Losing Your Sanctuary

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of nineteen books including Prayers for Our Lives: 95 Lifelines to God.] ______________ A survivor shuffles through the rubble of what used to be his home before a tornado pulled it apart into a hundred thousand pieces. What was shelter is now a pile of …

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Set Apart for God’s Purposes

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of 19 books, including, Spiritual Leadership Today (Zondervan).] ______________ Years ago I remember when we got a new car and my wife and I agreed would be “set apart” for my travels and my work. Our kids were teenagers at the time, and both were new …

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To Be Different

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. Follow his writings on Twitter or on Facebook.] The idea that we need someone else’s help to do what seems to be our responsibility is hard for many people to accept. Living a “clean” life is our responsibility, and we can’t pull it off on our own. Have you ever …

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Cleaning Up Our Act

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of 19 books, including, Spiritual Leadership Today (Zondervan).] ______________ Almost every civilization seeks purification. Its features vary widely, but people seek the same end: to be rid of what pollutes us, and to enjoy that elusive quality: purity. In Bali, when a child is three months …

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The Unchanging Providence of God

[Mel Lawrenz is a teaching pastor at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin and is the author of 17 books, including a recent release, How to Study the Bible: A Practical Guide.] ___________________ Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…. He will cover you with his feathers,and under …

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Life and Worry

Here’s a word from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that we would do well to ponder within the first waking hour of every day: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.” It doesn’t get any more practical than …

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What really happened at Bethlehem.

The story of what really happened in Bethlehem so long ago really does give us joy and hope… 12.15.19 Sermon Edit – Brookfield from Elmbrook Church on Vimeo.

Is Jesus the the only way?

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor for Elmbrook Church. His newest book is a devotional for kids, Christmas Joy for Kids.] What about the issue of whether Jesus is the only way to God? This is a point of agitated conflict between Christians and non-Christians. Some would say that it is pure arrogance to say that Jesus …

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Open Eyes, Open Hearts

Sometimes we see something, but we don’t really see it. We don’t look deeply, or we’re distracted or misled. Reading, understanding, and living the Bible must involve the deeper look. We must be enlightened by Scripture, and that is a work of the Holy Spirit. So the Apostle Paul prayers for people to be able …

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Doubt and Deception

I am glad when I have the opportunity to speak with people who are having doubts about their faith. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not glad about the pain that they experience in one of the most intimate issues of life. And that pain can be intense–like a husband or wife who is whispering hints …

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